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On Our Cover
Geum x ‘Wet Kiss’
Photography By Brent Horvath


Geums are Gems
Local plant breeder Brent Horvath updates an underused perennial. By Michelle Byrne Walsh

Chicago By Design
Good design turns a small city backyard into a multi-use space. By Joan Steele

Patio Perfect
A multi-tiered limestone patio garden stands resplendent in this suburban garden. By Carolyn Ulrich


Gardening Basics
Marking Bulbs

Curb Appeal
Tulips for Spring

The Hands-On Gardener
How to Prune a Climbing Rose

The Indoor Garden
Growing Jasmine

Chicagoland Natives
Native Ferns

Kids’ Gardening
Making Seed Tapes

The Edible Garden

Growing Fruit Trees

The Garden Classroom
Growing Vegetables for Competitions

The Container Garden
Blue, Orange and Bold

Mike Nowak


Editor's Letter

Q and A

Ask Our Experts
What are some food crops that are easy to grow organically, and which ones are difficult?

Regional Reports

Gardening News and Views

Calendar of Gardening Events